Sheffield United centre-forward Chris Porter wants to repay Nigel Clough’s faith after crediting the League One club’s manager with resurrecting his Bramall Lane career, writes James Shield.
Porter appeared destined for the exit door earlier this season after being allowed to join Chesterfield on loan but the former Derby County chief’s appointment in October has since transformed his fortunes.
Porter was Clough’s first signing at the iPro Stadium and, having seen fitness issues cast a shadow over his time in the Midlands, the 30-year-old admitted: “I feel as if I owe Nigel one for what happened back then. It wasn’t my fault that I got injured and couldn’t really contribute much but I’m determined to make sure things are very different now.
“To be fair, when he first came in here, it really helped to know that he believed in me. That he’d seen something in me which convinced him to spend good money making sure a deal went through.
“It didn’t really happen back then but hopefully it will now.”
Porter, whose partnership with Jose Baxter has spawned eight goals in United’s last 12 outings, is expected to make his 13th consecutive start at Notts County tomorrow.
“I feel like he (Clough) has given me a chance,” Porter added. “I’m not sure why I didn’t get one before but now I have I feel I’m getting better all the time.
“Like anyone else, I’m not happy when I’m not playing but I’ll always give 100 per cent no matter what.”
Meanwhile, Hibernian manager Terry Butcher has ended his interest in United’s Jamie Murphy who scored the opener during last weekend’s FA Cup victory over Aston Villa.
“I’ve spoken to Nigel and he will not be joining us,” Butcher said. “I was very interested in Jamie, I know him well and he would have done very well for us.
“But he’s doing very well for Sheffield United and fair play to him. He’s one of the guys we’ve talked about who has now done well for his team It’s frustrating.”
“Last Saturday, before the Dundee United game, I was doing my team lines, had the internet on and saw that Sheffield United were winning,” Butcher added. “I looked up and said ‘Oh ****. Murphy’s scored again.’
“That’s another one we scratch off the list. That’s what makes this month so weird.
“Look at the summer window, players aren’t playing, so they can’t play themselves out of a move or get injured. You have a memory of them or DVD’s of them.
“But this is bizarre because you can go so far down the road, agree everything and the player gets injured either in training or a game. The last two weeks of the January window is like the domino world championships because as soon as one goes the rest follow.”